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Post by urbaNRoots on Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:07 pm

Ljungberg press conference

on what he’s taken from the Norwich game…
Of course there’s a lot of reflection after a game, I’ve watched it twice now. The general feeling is probably the same as I had after the match, we started extremely well, played very well offensively but had a problem transition-wise so they got shots on target and chances just from the transition of an eight-yard sprint, which we need to stop. So that’s something we will focus on. Other things is that my feeling that we got in behind their midfield and behind their backline a lot, has been backed up by data within the club, which we have been sky rocketed up to be one of the top teams in the league to get into the pockets and behind them. That feels very good that it has been backed up by the data and the feeling I had after the game, and of course we will try to keep on doing that. My feeling was that I wanted to win the game, very disappointed not to win it, but if we play a transition game like we did, we won’t win any games, so that’s something that I can coach and try to improve.

on being in charge at the Emirates for the first time on Thursday…
It has been quite hectic, so I haven’t thought about it that much but of course it will be a proud moment. I thought it the other day, when I made my debut for the national team, when I made my debut here, and made my debut at Norwich as a manager, they are three of the proudest moments that I have had.

on why he didn’t wear a suit at Norwich…
It was so quick, the suit was at the dry cleaners so I couldn’t get it ready! No, I have seen the Premier League and seen coaches in a tracksuit, coaches with a suit, and I have seen coaches with a sweater, so I will decide on a matchday what I will use.

on whether he has been fitted for a club suit…
We will see if I have one or not, we haven’t had one fitted yet with the club suit but I can’t see that is a discussion but I will make sure you know what I wear.

on the challenge Brighton will pose…
Yes, I watched them a little bit, they look good, they change formations a lot, so we will see what they come with. They try to play out, defend well, they look very organised but for me we need to concentrate on our own game. We play at home so I take into account how I think they will play but I have to develop the gameplan how we want to play football and that’s what I try to concentrate on.

on how he thinks he can change our fortunes...
I think the only way to change an atmosphere in the stadium is by how you play. Like you said, the fans were amazing at Norwich. I felt like they got more and more energy the more that we played in the first half. We were on top of Norwich and I think the Arsenal fans got energy from that. That helped. But they were great, even when we went 1-0 down or 2-1 down, they were even louder and they helped us. That's important for the players. When it comes to the Emirates, the fans want us to win football games. They want us to play good football and I think the only way to try to get a good atmosphere and get them going is to try to achieve that. Whether that's me or someone else as a coach, I don't think that matters so much.

on whether criticism of defence is justified...
No, I think my players try to defend. Of course you can have different types of players in the squad. That's just a fact, that you have different types of players. We've had a gameplan we've tried to execute and I want to defend. Of course we need to try to find solutions. If players are not super quick and we say, 'You've got to sprint for this or that', that's going to be difficult for that player. In general terms, we try to put out a structure so that everybody knows what to do. The main thing I saw in the game is that we let them get into situations where it was just a sprint. It was not about football or technical stuff, they just went in a competitive sprint with our player. We want to stop that.

on not winning a league game for almost two months...
What I try to focus on is going forward. I've been here, I've done two training sessions now and I don't want to talk about the coaches before. I think Unai did a great job and was a great leader, and a fantastic coach. That's not for me to judge. I look forward. The main thing for me was that when we were at Norwich, we hadn't won an away game since the first game of the season. I felt that the players could react that way and in my opinion, we played well offensively. It was good. But now we go forward.

on whether he'd be happy to step back into his old role if a new head coach comes in...
Yeah of course. I work for the club and what the club wants me to do, that's where I'm going to be. Of course I'm very proud to have this opportunity but the future will tell what happens.

on how many changes he'll make for Brighton...
It would be a bit silly of me to tell you what I'm going to do! We'll see. We'll need to look at the fitness levels of the players and who's fit, who isn't. We have some players who were still injured before. We'll see.

on what he can fix in the next couple of days...
Yesterday was a recovery day for the ones who played. Again, today, they have to recover because we play a lot. We're training but the ones who played at Norwich will join us tomorrow in a short session. Of course we look at videos and the small details. I think it's vital to change against Brighton. Of course, like I said before, if you have a pre-season for six or eight weeks, there's a lot of things you can work on. Here you have to think, 'That little piece is very important so that's what we're going to focus on'. That's what we want to do.

on speaking to Arsene Wenger…
No (not yet), I would really like to speak to him. I’m in contact with him but I haven’t spoke to him because it’s been a bit hectic, but it’s on my list to do so.

on the change from last Thursday’s defeat to Frankfurt…
I’ve tried to build on what you saw at Norwich, that’s what we’re going to try and build on. At the same time, Brighton is a different opponent, they are very well organised, I think they look good so it’s going to be tough for us but, of course, we are going to try and build on what we did in the last game.

on his involvement in potential January signings…
I’m going on a match by match time now so there’s nothing that I will get involved in. I think we have a very good squad but it’s up to the big bosses of the club in regards to what they want to do.

on a lack of Swedish coaches in the Premier League...
I don’t know why that is, I think there are a lot of great Swedish coaches. Of course, it’s an honour and it feels special. I lived here for a long time now and I’ve just being trying to work as hard as I can to get a chance and they gave me a chance. At the same time, I don’t think it matters where you’re from, I just try to do a job.

on Sven-Goran Eriksson…
Sven is intelligent, I spoke to him a lot when he was the manager of England because he was watching our games. I know in the past, some stories of how he treated players and how he made them feel good and things like that. I have stolen a little bit of those ideas. He’s a great coach, it’s been a long time, and I hope I can speak to him soon.

Team news

Dani Ceballos
Left hamstring. Sustained during the Vitoria (a) match on November 6. Aiming to return to full training mid-December.

Hector Bellerin
Tight hamstring. Being assessed ahead of Thursday’s match.

Kieran Tierney
No news at all, weirdly.

Midweek game so I expect to see some changes in the lineup:

Leno
AMN Mustafi Sokratis Tierney/Kola
Xhaka Torreira
Pepe Özil Martinelli
Aubameyang
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Post by RealGunner on Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:14 pm

A good 4-0 win would be nice
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Post by Jay29 on Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:30 pm

Just as Ljungberg talked about transitions, the Arsenal youtube account drops this training vid of the team working on transitions hmm



Still not used to hearing Ljungberg's voice as a coach tbh.

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Post by urbaNRoots on Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:48 pm

@Jay29 wrote:Just as Ljungberg talked about transitions, the Arsenal youtube account drops this training vid of the team working on transitions hmm



Still not used to hearing Ljungberg's voice as a coach tbh.


Might be looking into it too much but liking the focus on short and quick passing. Doesn't get mentioned often but just keeping the ball better helps us not only offensively but defensively as well.
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Post by El Gunner on Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:10 pm

wouldn't change much if there's no incisiveness in the passes in the final third.
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Post by Twoism on Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:01 am

we need result for this and big one at that, 2nd draw and loss and the honeymoon will be over just like that.
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Post by urbaNRoots on Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:48 pm

Leno; Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Torreira; Willock, Özil; Lacazette, Aubameyang;

Not as many changes as I thought we’ll see.
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Post by RealGunner on Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:49 pm

I like the midfield.

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Post by urbaNRoots on Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:52 pm

Think we’ll smash ‘em. But I thought we’ll smash Norwich too.

Still, we’ll win comfortably.
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Post by Jay29 on Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:52 pm

What are the odds of Arsenal being relegated?

Wish I was joking. This team is going nowhere but down with how they're playing.

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Post by Twoism on Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:55 pm

yeap we're shit and Freddie is not that miracle savior. He made some odd change but above all, we still committed all the mistakes and playing as disjointed as Unai team. It might just be permanent damage and this batch of players either need a kick in the asses or flushed out one by one.
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Post by Twoism on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:02 pm

I'm not sure if these players can be taught to play with high intensity and compact.
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Post by RealGunner on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:03 pm

Give it ter Mertesacker till ender da season
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Post by El Gunner on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:06 pm

soooooo is the formation just not the right one, or are we just really downright shit hey???

I'm leaning more towards the latter
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Post by Hapless_Hans on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:12 pm

why don't you just, I don't know, win a game for a change?
Is that too much to ask?

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Post by urbaNRoots on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:13 pm

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Post by Twoism on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:17 pm

@El Gunner wrote:soooooo is the formation just not the right one, or are we just really downright shit hey???

I'm leaning more towards the latter


Both really, Auba was on the right again and I don't know what's Freddie fascination with that, even Unai played him on the left. Kolasinac once again given free roaming on the left and messed up every single time, some nice run then outrageous crosses. Xhaka was our best midfielder and that's actually sad cause we got bypassed quite often. I just don't know what is the role of Torreira in this team, if manager thinks he can be used as Santi then I have no word, dude has body balance of a puppet.
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Post by sportsczy on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:17 pm

so shitty....

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Post by Jay29 on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:18 pm

The worrying thing is the lack of teamwork. The players are pressing as individuals and not as a unit, and in possession there's very little movement to help the player on the ball. That's why everything is slow and the players keep getting caught on the ball or being forced to go backwards.

I mean, look at the front four. Two strikers who want to go in behind every time, not short. Same with Willock. Ozil's playing out of position. Xhaka gets the ball, looks up and sees five black shits in front of him and no red, because all the red shirts are up the pitch just waiting for the ball. Luiz is having to launch 70 yard passes for Aubameyang or Bellerin to compete with a giant left back just to get the ball forward.

This squad is awful. Not in terms of quality necessarily, but in terms of balance and having players who compliment each other and can form relationships on the pitch. Yeah, Aubameyang and Lacazette are good strikers, but how often do they even link-up? Their movements are the same and the way they play is the same. The only difference between them is one is a poacher and the other is better at hold-up. That's it. That's why they can't play as a front two, but you can't leave one out so the whole team has to be bent out of shape.

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Post by Twoism on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:25 pm

much needed goal, lets see what our players can do
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Post by Kick on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:28 pm

Arsenal should be in front by now.

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Post by Twoism on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:41 pm

Much more encouraging 2nd half, Pepe is making a difference.
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Post by urbaNRoots on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:53 pm

Unbelievable....
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Post by Twoism on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:53 pm

see u guys next game Laughing
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Post by Hapless_Hans on Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:54 pm

oh ffs

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